Toxicity and Gemstones

Some gemstones contain metals or toxins. Below is a list of the most commonly known toxic gemstones, but please be aware that this list is by no means complete. In fact, in this world, it would be difficult to find anything that doesn’t have some level of toxicity or if nothing else, an adverse reaction in the body. One can even die from drinking too much water. The best practice is the practice of common sense. Don’t drink too much water and don’t eat pounds of gemstone dust.

I do hope no one takes this to extremes. It isn’t as though licking a labradorite will land you in the hospital or anything. I’m also not suggesting one should suck on a crystal like it’s a tootsie pop either, obviously. Yes, there are some toxins in some gemstones and minerals but if you use common sense you will be fine. Most have to be heated or chemically treated to release toxicity. Some become toxic when inhaled in powder form such as when one is sawing or grinding the stone. The chances of dying or even getting sick from simply touching a gemstone and in most cases even putting one in your mouth for a hot second, are too slim to mention. Yes, be cautious. Please, don’t be paranoid and allow yourself to be distracted from the wonderful world of Crystals and Stones.

If you wish to make an elixir or essence from a known toxic gemstone, or you are unsure about a particular gemstone, only use the indirect method.

Amazonite Amazonite contains Copper.

Angelite Angelite will convert to Gypsum when immersed in water.

Aquamarine Aquamarine contains Aluminum.

Azurite Azurite contains Copper.

Black Tourmaline Black Tourmaline contains Aluminium.

Boji Stones Boji Stones contain Sulphur.

Celestite Celestite contains Strontium.

Chrysocolla Chrysocolla contains Copper.

Cinnabar Cinnabar contains Mercury and Quicksilver.

Emerald Emerald contains Aluminium.

Fluorite Fluorite contains Fluorine.

Garnet Garnet (Almondine) contains Aluminium.

Hematite Hematite (not toxic) will rust in water.

Iolite Iolite contains Aluminium.

Labradorite Labradorite contains Aluminium.

Lapis Lazuli Lapis Lazuli has Pyrite inclusions which contain Sulphur.

Lepidolite Lepidolite contains Aluminium.

Magnetite Magnetite (not toxic) will rust in water.

Malachite Malachite contains Copper.

Moonstone Moonstone contains Aluminium.

Prehnite Prehnite contains Aluminium.

Pyrite Pyrite contains Sulphur.

Ruby Ruby contains Aluminium.

Blue Sapphire Sapphire contains Aluminium.

Selenite Selenite (not toxic) has shards that can break off in water.

Serpentine Serpentine contains Asbestos in its fibrous form.

Sodalite Sodalite contains Aluminium.

Sugilite Sugilite contains Aluminium.

Sunstone Sunstone contains Aluminium.

Tiger Eye Tiger’s Eye contains Asbestos in its fibrous form.

Topaz Topaz contains Aluminium.

Tourmaline Tourmaline contains Aluminium.

Turquoise Turquoise contains Aluminium and Copper.

Variscite Variscite contains Aluminium.

Vesuvianite Vesuvianite contains Aluminium.


The above-named stones are all safe to place on the body, or within the aura, to gain their healing effects.

As mentioned, this list is by no means exhaustive. However, in the context of this website I’d like to keep the focus on the properties and uses of gemstones and crystals.



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